Exhibition title and concept to be announced at a later date.
Curator: Dan Byers
Artist Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir will represent Iceland at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which is to take place 20 April – 24 November 2024. She will collaborate with American curator Dan Byers to realise her presentation, which will be an exhibition of new sculptural and installation works. The Icelandic Pavilion will be located in the Artigliere in the Arsenale for the second time in 2024.
Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir is renowned for her nuanced artistic practice, which explores
concepts of beauty, utility, and value. The artist often uses and misuses the systems we have developed to produce our material world. Her work draws inspiration from the affective possibilities of items such as computer buttons, plastic clips, hang tags, labels, and stickers presented at distorted scales and through often unnerving methods of display. The artist’s interventions into globalized systems of production, distribution, and commerce and the pleasure taken in the least heroic products of these systems, result in projects that are deadpan and surreal, playful and subversive. Working with Dan Byers, her presentation for the Icelandic Pavilion will respond to the Pavilion space and the Venice Biennale itself.
Dan Byers is a curator of contemporary art with a current focus on commissioning new work with living artists. Throughout his curatorial career, Byers has worked closely with artists to help conceptualize and produce new work for varying site and institutional contexts. In addition to his current post as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, he has held curatorial positions at the ICA/Boston, the Carnegie Museum of Art (where he was co-curator of the 2013 Carnegie International), and the Walker Art Center. Birgisdóttir and Byers share an interest in playing with the standard conventions of display and the exhibition format. They met through Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and began conversations around Birgisdóttir’s Biennale presentation in 2022.